The National

The National is CBC's flagship news program, featuring in depth and original journalism, with hosts Adrienne Arsenault and Ian Hanomansing in Toronto, Rosemary Barton in Ottawa, and Andrew Chang in Vancouver.

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Episodes

The National The Commissar of Glasnost: The Man Who Cracked Communism

Mikhail Gorbachev is often hailed as the force behind the fall of communism and the era of Glasnost – when the Soviet Union opened its doors to the West. What most people don't realize was that he had a partner, Alexander Yakovlev, a man with ties to Canada. Follow Dan Bjarnason as he digs into the Yakovlev's past, unearthing the ...
  • 2002
  • 00:25:44
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Crime and Punishment: Plea Bargains & Conditional Sentencing (Part 1 of 2)

Most people believe in the saying "if you do the crime, you do the time". However, some criminals are managing to avoid jail time as a result of lawyers negotiating plea bargains and conditional sentencing. How and why these practices have been used is the subject of much controversy, a case in point being the infamous Bernado and Homolka trial. ...
  • 2000
  • 00:24:04
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Emperors of Avarice: Corporate Greed

Join Rex Murphy as he reflects on the corporate scandals of Enron, WorldCom, ImClone and the downfall of various CEOs. The U.S., in Murphy’s view, is a society that has lost its ethical and moral core in the face of a hot stock market. Even the gatekeepers – auditors – were complicit in their creative accounting. Murphy asks: where did ...
  • 2002
  • 00:24:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Final Act: Barbara Tarbox's Anti-Smoking Legacy

Barbara Tarbox was the most powerful anti-smoking weapon in Canada. At the age of 41, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. That’s when Tarbox, who smoked for 30 years, decided she had a mission. With time running out and tumors wracking her body, Barbara spoke to more than 50,000 high school children. The force of her personality and the power ...
  • 2003
  • 00:17:38
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National The Indian Courthouse

Over the past decade, Winnipeg has earned an unfavourable reputation for its escalating crime rate and growing number of street gangs. In an overzealous attempt by politicians and police to reclaim the streets of Winnipeg, one of these street gangs, the Manitoba Warriors, was charged under a severe federal anti-gang law. Many critics argue that this is just another example ...
  • 2000
  • 00:23:39
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Nunavut's Response to Kyoto

The government of Nunavut embraced the 1997 Kyoto Accord, signed by 160 countries, to stop global warming. The territory's leaders say climate change is ruining the Inuit way of life. Not everyone agrees. Some argue the new way of life lies in tapping the resources of the land. This conflict is causing a massive rift among the territory's people, forcing ...
  • 2002
  • 00:09:37
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Prairie Dream

The Canadian Prairies at the beginning of the 1900s were bustling with the anticipation of new settlers, and hundreds of newly freed slaves in Oklahoma joined the migration. They came to this country expecting freedom to pursue a life of happiness. They built lives, homes and communities, but they also found discrimination. Lee Williams, as chairman of the railway porters' ...
  • 2000
  • 00:12:07
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National In the Company of Warlords

For decades the warlords ruled Afghanistan. They destroyed what they could not own. Their legacy is everywhere. The warlords controlled every aspect of daily life before the Taliban, running their affairs through a mixture of corruption and fear. They fought each other in brutal wars, but under American guidance they finally joined together after September 11 and helped defeat the ...
  • 2002
  • 00:26:19
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Reaching Out: Sandy Bay, SK

It’s been a difficult year for the community of Sandy Bay. Several young people in this northern aboriginal community have killed themselves or attempted suicide. These tragedies, however, are serving as a wake up call. The suicides have forced the entire community to search for solutions to the problems ripping apart Sandy Bay. The program explores how residents are facing ...
  • 2007
  • 00:15:39
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The National Lunchbox Breakdown

Walk down the aisles of any supermarket, and you’ll notice an explosion of prepared foods for kids’ lunches. This collection of three National mini-documentaries takes a closer look at these convenient snacks and meals to find out how they stack up nutritionally. Reporter Reg Sherren profiles Alberta’s APPLE Project promoting active living and healthy eating in schools. Ian Hanomansing assesses ...
  • 2010
  • 00:23:16
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013